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How to Apply Dynamics Processing (The Musician's Guide to Home Recording)

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Author: Craig Anderton

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
About This Book
The Importance Of Dynamics Processing
Tips And References
Dynamics Basics
The Beginning Of Dynamics Control
The Decibel
Manual Gain-Riding
Level-Riding Plug-Ins
Common Dynamics Processor Parameters
Key Takeaways
Dynamics Processing Devices
Limiter
Compressor
Multiband Compressor
Loudness Maximizer
Expander
Transient Shaper
Noise Gate
Dynamic Equalization
Key Takeaways
Sidechaining and De-Essing
How To Access The Sidechain Input
Ways To Sidechain
Internal Vs. External Sidechaining
De-Essing
Key Takeaways
Dynamics Control With Dsp
Normalization
Dynamics Via Automation
Key Takeaways
Dynamics Processor Applications
Processing On The Master Bus
Why You May Not Want To Compress The Master Bus When Mixing
Multiband Dynamics For Bass
Reduce Amp Sim Harshness With De-Essing
Dynamics Processing And Signal Chain Position
A Better Guitar Sustainer
Interfacing Electric Instruments With Studio Dynamics Processors
Transparent Compression
A One-Knob Compressor
Sidechain Applications
Key Takeaways
The "loudness Wars" and Measuring dynamics
About The Author

Dynamics processors—often overused and sometimes misunderstood—can make or break mixing and mastering projects. This book goes beyond explaining how dynamics processors work, giving you essential tips on how their proper application can help you make better music. Written in a clear, practical, non-intimidating style, topics include how to apply limiters, compressors, noise gates, expanders, maximizers, saturation, and multiband dynamics, whether in hardware or software form.

Loaded with examples of real-world dynamics processors to explain their similarities and differences, How to Apply Dynamics Processing ventures further than similar books by covering dynamics processing with MIDI data, as well as “manual” dynamics processing done with recording software (phrase-by-phrase normalization for narration, “micro-mastering” to allow greater apparent volume when mastering, parallel dynamics, and more). The book also includes valuable information on how to achieve the most transparent effects possible, how to employ creative uses of sidechaining, and how to use creative “squashing” as an effect to obtain “vintage”

compression sounds.

Chock full of illustrations and featuring selected “tech talk” sidebars to give details on specific topics for those who want to know “why” as well as “how,” How to Apply Dynamics Processing covers everything today’s musicians need to get the most out of these versatile processors.

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CRAIG ANDERTON is an internationally recognized authority on technology and music. He has toured, played Carnegie Hall, mastered hundreds of tracks, and been involved with dozens of major-label releases as a player, producer, or engineer. He’s also written over thirty books (including the seminal Home Recording for Musicians) and thousands of articles, and is the co-founder of Electronic Musician magazine. Known for his ability to demystify complex subjects, Anderton has given seminars on technology and the arts in thirty-eight states, ten countries, and three languages. He lives in Nashville.

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